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In Hanoi This Friday?

Wednesday February 24th, 2010

If so you should drop by The Bui Gallery for their opening from 6-9pm featuring photographer Aaron Joel Santos‘ work. In preparation for the show, Aaron visited the gallery’s printer in Singapore to check up on the printing details, and in the process took some colorful and artful photos of the city:

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Betty Bui’s gallery came to Vietnam, where Santos is based, a year ago after the success of her Parisian shop. She plans to open another venue in Singapore in the near future. Aaron’s work appears in the show “Days and Nights” alongside several other photographers, and the presentation sounds pretty unorthodox:

In this exhibition, the whole gallery goes black and the four photographers are each curating their own
black box with their photographs. The visitor is not in an open space where he can freely circulate
between the images. Here he must make his way through the four boxes, that are totally dark: dark
walls, dark floors and black velvet curtains. There is nothing that can distract one from the artist’s
works.

In this exhibition, the whole gallery goes black and the four photographers are each curating their own black box with their photographs. The visitor is not in an open space where he can freely circulate between the images. Here he must make his way through the four boxes, that are totally dark: dark walls, dark floors and black velvet curtains. There is nothing that can distract one from the artist’s works.

I’d also be curious to see what the photo below looks like SIX FEET WIDE, which is how it appears in Aaron’s show on Feb. 26th (also my birthday – so it’s an auspicious date). Santos discusses the printing process a little on his blog, too.

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Aaron’s work on his website reflects a similar sensibility as the images above, which I find a dreamy blend of fine art, travel and photojournalism. A few from his site:

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If you make it to the show, please make sure to say hi to Aaron for us in the eternally-snowbound Northeast USA.

-Neil Binkley

One Response to “In Hanoi This Friday?”

  1. Shamima Sultana says:

    Very nice pictures…

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